Manage your procurement to minimise environmental impacts
You will buy a variety of goods and services as an office business, from paper to computers to catering and cleaning services.
You can reduce the environmental impact of the goods and services you purchase. You could also reduce your costs by following green or sustainable procurement principles.
Consider the environmental impacts during the full life cycle of a product or service when buying, including:
- what raw materials are used to manufacture the product or provide the service
- how the product is produced and the energy used
- how the product or service will perform in use, eg will it use energy, water, produce waste
- how much it will cost to dispose of the product and the environmental impacts of disposal
- the potential for reuse or recycling the product
- the environmental performance of your suppliers.
Before buying any goods, consider first whether the product or service needs to be bought at all.
NIBUSINESSINFO: Supply chain efficiency
RES: Sustainable procurement
WRAP: Sustainable procurement e-learning modules
NetRegs: Buying sustainable goods and servicess
In this Guideline
Introduction - What is an EMS?
What are the benefits of an EMS and what is involved?
Types of Environmental Management Systems
How can NetRegs help you implement an EMS?
Implementing an EMS – getting started
Why produce environmental reports
EMS Case study - CMS Window Systems
EMS Case Study - Ross-Shire Engineering
Manage your purchases to minimise their environmental impacts